Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 10, 775–790, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 775–790, 2016

Research article 06 Apr 2016

Research article | 06 Apr 2016

Correction of broadband snow albedo measurements affected by unknown slope and sensor tilts

Ursula Weiser et al.


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AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (03 Nov 2015)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (20 Jan 2016) by Andrew Klein
RR by Robert Hellstrom (20 Feb 2016)
ED: Publish as is (11 Mar 2016) by Andrew Klein
Short summary
Geometric effects induced by tilt errors lead to erroneous measurement of snow albedo. These errors are corrected where tilts of sensors and slopes are unknown. Atmospheric parameters are taken from a nearby reference measurement or a radiation model. The developed model is fitted to the measured data to determine tilts and directions which vary daily due to changing atmospheric conditions and snow cover. The results show an obvious under- or overestimation of albedo depending on the slope direction.